Boyne Valley Tour

Welcome to the Ancient East and in particular The Boyne Valley, home of Newgrange, Trim Castle and much more.

Exploring the Rich History of Ireland: A Boyne Valley Tour


In the ancient east of Ireland lies a region steeped in history and folklore, the Boyne Valley. This enchanting destination is a treasure trove of ancient wonders, from medieval castles to mystical burial mounds and historic abbeys to grand estates. Our journey begins at Trim Castle, followed by Bective Abbey, the Hill of Tara, Newgrange, Knowth, Dowth, and Slane Castle. We’ll conclude our tour in Oldbridge, where history and nature intersect. Join us on this immersive adventure through time as we explore the rich tapestry of Ireland’s past.

Table of Contents:


2.Trim Castle: A Medieval Marvel

3.Bective Abbey: A Tranquil Retreat

4.The Hill of Tara: Ireland’s Ancient Capital

5.Newgrange: A Passage to the Past

6.Knowth: A Forgotten Gem

7.Dowth: The Hidden Treasure

8.Slane Castle: Where Past Meets Present

9.Oldbridge: The Final Chapter


Tour Itinerary for Boyne Valley Tour

Trim Castle: A Medieval Marvel

All our Boyne Valley Tours begin at Trim Castle, a symbol of medieval Ireland’s grandeur. Constructed by Hugh de Lacy in the late 12th century, this Norman castle is one of its finest examples. Situated along the banks of the River Boyne, Trim Castle’s imposing stone walls and fortified keep offer a glimpse into the past. Guided tours at Trim Castle provide invaluable insights into its history, architecture, and role in medieval Ireland. As you explore its towering walls and atmospheric courtyards, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time to an era of knights, battles, and chivalry. Trim Castle was also used by Mel Gibson in the movie “Braveheart”. It is an epic historical film in which Gibson portrays Sir William Wallace, a late-13th-century Scottish warrior who fought for Scottish independence.


Bective Abbey: A Tranquil Retreat

Just a short drive from Trim Castle, we arrive at Bective Abbey. This serene Cistercian monastery, dating back to the 12th century, offers a stark contrast to the grandeur of Trim Castle. Surrounded by the gentle flow of the River Boyne and lush green fields, Bective Abbey provides a tranquil and reflective atmosphere. As you wander through the well-preserved ruins, you’ll encounter intricate stone carvings, cloisters, and the chapter house, providing a poignant glimpse into the lives of the Cistercian monks who once resided here. Bective Abbey is a place to contemplate Ireland’s spiritual and cultural history, appreciating the architectural marvels of its time.

The Hill of Tara: Ancient Capital of Ireland

Our Boyne Valley tours take us to the Hill of Tara, an archaeological wonder and the ancient capital of Ireland. Tara holds a special place in Irish folklore and history as the seat of the High Kings and a centre of political and religious power for centuries. Standing atop Tara, you’ll be greeted with panoramic views of the lush Irish countryside. The Mound of the Hostages, the Stone of Destiny, and other ancient structures dot the landscape, each with its fascinating story. Tara is a place where myths, legends, and history converge, and it’s a must-visit for anyone interested in Ireland’s ancient past.

Newgrange: A Passage to the Past

No Boyne Valley tour would be complete without a visit to Newgrange, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most iconic prehistoric monuments in the world. Newgrange is a 5,200-year-old passage tomb that predates the Egyptian pyramids and Stonehenge. The marvel of Newgrange lies in its astronomical precision. On the winter solstice, a narrow beam of sunlight penetrates the tomb’s entrance and illuminates its inner chamber. This remarkable feat of engineering and architecture is a testament to the knowledge and skill of the ancient builders. Exploring Newgrange is a journey into the Neolithic era, and visiting the nearby visitor centre provides valuable insights into its construction and significance.

newgrange neolithic burial chamber part of boyne valley tourn

Knowth: The Forgotten Giant

Just a short distance from Newgrange lies another Neolithic gem, Knowth. Knowth is one of the three main passage tombs in the Boyne Valley, alongside Newgrange and Dowth. While Newgrange often takes the spotlight, Knowth is no less remarkable. What sets Knowth apart is its extensive collection of megalithic art. The kerbstones surrounding the tomb are adorned with intricate carvings depicting spirals, triangles, and other enigmatic symbols. The purpose of these carvings is still debated among archaeologists, adding an air of mystery to the site. Knowth’s vast scale and rich archaeological finds make it a captivating stop on our Boyne Valley tour. Exploring its burial chambers and admiring the ancient art is a journey into the minds of those who lived in this ancient landscape.

Dowth: The Hidden Treasure

Continuing our exploration of the Boyne Valley, we arrive at Dowth, the third central passage tomb in the area. While less well-known than Newgrange or as artistically decorated as Knowth, Dowth has its unique charm. Dowth offers a more intimate and less crowded experience, allowing visitors to connect with the ancient past in a serene setting. The tomb’s passage and chambers hold secrets yet to be fully uncovered, and the surrounding landscape is a testament to the enduring power of ancient monuments. Dowth, like its counterparts, adds another layer to the Boyne Valley’s rich tapestry of history, archaeology, and spirituality.

Slane Castle: Where Past Meets Present

As our tour nears its conclusion, we go to Slane Castle. This imposing Georgian estate stands atop a hill overlooking the River Boyne. Slane Castle has been in the Conyngham family for generations and is known for hosting legendary rock concerts, including iconic acts like Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, and Queen. Slane Castle seamlessly blends the past and present. Visitors can tour its opulent interior, stroll through its picturesque gardens, and reflect on the interplay of tradition and modernity in this historic setting. You’ll also visit Slane Whiskey Distillery, a new chapter in the Slane Castle story.

slane castle part of boyne valley tour

Oldbridge: The Final Chapter

Our Boyne Valley tour concludes in Oldbridge, where history and nature harmoniously intersect. Oldbridge is known for the Battle of the Boyne, a pivotal event in Irish history. The visitor centre here offers a comprehensive overview of the battle, its significance, and its impact on Ireland’s future. Strolling along the banks of the River Boyne in Oldbridge, you can’t help but feel the weight of history. It’s a fitting end to our journey, where we reflect on the stories and events that have shaped Ireland.

canons outside oldbridge house part of boyne valley tour


The Boyne Valley tour is a mesmerising journey through the annals of Ireland’s history. From the medieval grandeur of Trim Castle to the mystical allure of Newgrange, Knowth, and Dowth, and the timeless beauty of Slane Castle, each stop reveals a new layer of the past. The Boyne Valley is a living museum where stories of Ireland’s heritage are etched into the landscape and eternally captivate and inspire all who visit. This tour is an invitation to travel through time and experience the rich tapestry of Ireland’s past.

Mrs. O’s
Last but not least, we pay a visit to the homely public house of Mrs O. This beautiful little pub was used in the Guinness commercial at Christmas and soon became quite famous. We are situated right across from Skyrne Abbey. It’s at Skyrne Hill, where our tour finishes, but depending on our time, we would like to show you a couple of little places. Above are the main sites you’ll visit, but if time allows, we’ll take in some extra sites.

My name is Rodney O’Connor, and I’m a local to Co.Meath. I’m both honoured and proud to guide
you around my home county. I look forward to meet and greet you. Until we meet, keep safe
and well.
Slán leát (kind regards)
Rodney O’Connor

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